|Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations
(TADSS) to support military and other authorized customers of the Fort
McCoy Training Support Branch are available for use on and off post.
Rob Weisbrod, Training Support Officer for the Directorate of Plans,
Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), said the installation’s
Training Support Branch has nearly 700 items that can be checked out for
use during battle assembly or extended combat training at the
installation or for use at home stations in a six-state area. Fort
McCoy’s area of responsibility, governed by Army Regulation 5-9, covers
the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota and
half of Illinois.
Chuck Beranek of the Training Aids warehouse section examines
equipment available for troop checkout. The Fort McCoy Training
Support Branch has nearly 700 items units can check out to aid
their training efforts on and off the installation.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Items available range from multiple integrated laser engagement
systems (MILES) to medical mannequins to various Department of the Army
(DA) Graphic Training Aids (GTAs).
“If units train here or are in our area of responsibility, they can set
up an account to check out the items when they’re at the installation or
for an extended-use period off post,” Weisbrod said.
The system saves the Army considerable costs by not buying individual
equipment for each unit when having an ample supply available for check
out, when needed, will suffice and be more efficient and economical from
a cost, storage and inventory standpoint, he said.
Units need two pieces of documentation to check out the training aids.
The first is an assumption of command letter and the second is DA Form
1687, the delegation of authority. Weisbrod said account requests can be
made in person or via e-mail, fax or by regular mail. Items can be
picked up at McCoy or sometimes other options, including shipment to
home stations, can be arranged.
Requests for equipment should be made as soon as possible, Weisbrod
said. Some items are very popular and will be checked out quickly, such
as MILES equipment to support the 86th and 78th Training Division
Warrior Exercises or Combat Support Training Exercises.
John Kumpf, DPTMS Supply Management Specialist Supervisor, said TADSS
available for checkout are listed in DA Pamphlet 350-9. It’s important
to make requests at least 90 days in advance, if possible.
“If we don’t have an item available, we have other avenues we can access
to obtain it,” Kumpf said. “We can go to the Army Training Support
Center (ATSC) at Fort Eustis, Va., and request a temporary loan of
items. The ATSC will go to their member installations to see if it’s
In certain instances, if equipment isn’t available through the system, a
purchase may be made through a private vendor, he said. Fort McCoy also
incorporates best practices from other installations they visit or serve
and share their best practices with other installations, as well.
Weisbrod said organizations in the installation community also have
helped provide training aids.
The Regional Training Center (RTC)-Central organization, for example,
was inactivated when its premobilization mission ended.
RTC-Central’s combatives equipment then became part of the TADSS
inventory allowing it to be checked out by units. Cultural role player
clothing also was transferred.
Other high-demand materials include dry-erase boards and easels to use
for diagramming training or other necessary information for troops in
the field, he said.
In the future, Kumpf said the organization plans to have all the items
it has available assembled into a catalog-type display that unit
representatives can look through to help determine what they need to
support their training.
Training Support Branch personnel also provide extensive customer
service to support the use of its items, Kumpf said. Organizations using
MILES can complete certification training via a PowerPoint presentation
or by a class available at the installation, both at no cost to the
The Training Support Branch also has a wide variety of podiums, cameras,
DVD and VHS players that can be checked out by units to support training
documentation or to be used to support after-action reports, he said.
Kumpf and Weisbrod said Training Support Branch personnel also conduct
off-post visits to organizations in its AR 5-9 area. This allows them to
service any organization’s needs at home station, offer familiarization
training, update TADSS accounts, and market Fort McCoy training
The Fort McCoy Training Support Branch is open weekdays from 7 a.m.-4
p.m. throughout the year. Weekend hours are maintained from Memorial Day
to Labor Day and upon request with advance notice.
For more information, call 608-388-2752.